What you need to know:
* The Panthers fell 4-3 to Kennesaw State on Sunday in their home opener.
* Freshmen Alex Addington and Ashley Thomas scored their first career goals during the match.
* The team will return to the field on Friday against SE Louisiana.
ATLANTA- In the regular season home opener on Sunday night, the Georgia State women’ soccer team fell to Kennesaw State 4-3.
With the loss, the Panthers fell to 0-2 while the Owls improved to 1-0-1.
Kennesaw State was able to get on the board early, putting GSU down 2-0 in the first 15 minutes of play. Freshman Alex Addington was able to cut the Owl’s lead, scoring her first career goal at the 21-minute mark.
KSU answered Addington’s goal quickly, with the Owls going up 3-1 in the 28th minute. On a late goal going into the half, Kennesaw State was able to put the ball in the back of the net with one second left on the clock to lead 4-1 at the break.
The Panthers came out of the half looking to close the gap with the Owls. Freshman Ashley Thomas scored at the 69-minute mark to put the score at 4-2. With two seconds left in the match, junior Caitlin Ray slipped the ball in an open net for her first goal of the season.
Addington led the Panthers with five of the team’s shots, while Hundley registered three. GSU and the Owls were knotted in shots, with both teams taking 13.
"We had a lot of freshmen step up tonight and they should be proud of themselves. We have several injuries so everyone is going to have to grow up quickly," head coach Ed Joyce said. "Credit goes to Kennesaw State in the first half, they had four chances and they took them all. We created an environment where we had to come from behind, but it's always good to see a team come from the bottom and battle for something"
The Panthers will return to the field on Friday for the first match in a double header with the men’s team. The women will host SE Louisiana at 6 p.m. at the GSU Soccer Complex.